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Jarome Iginla scores shootout winner as Flames edge Wild 2-1

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Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, centre, celebrates his shootout goal with teammates, left to right, Wayne Primeau, Matthew Lombardi, Alex Tanguay, and Tony Amonte. (CP PHOTO/Jeff McIntosh) Author: The Hockey News

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Jarome Iginla scores shootout winner as Flames edge Wild 2-1

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The win moves the Flames one point ahead of Minnesota and into a tie with Vancouver for first place in the tight Northwest Division. After Alex Tanguay and Tony Amonte were stopped by Josh Harding and Pavol Demitra and Niko Koivu were denied by Miikka Kiprusoff, Iginla scored on a to put the Flames in control.

Kiprusoff clinched the win with a spectacular save, acrobatically jabbing out his left pad to deny Pierre-Marc Bouchard after the Minnesota forward darted in then did a spin move.

An ecstatic Kiprusoff jumped after the save in celebration. The Flames goaltender had been 0-4 this season in shootouts and 1-11 in his career prior to tonight's result. In his four losses this season, Kiprusoff had stopped just two of nine shooters.

Minnesota dropped to 10-5 in shootouts.

Robyn Regehr scored for Calgary (34-21-9). The Flames continue to sport the NHL's best home record at 27-6-1 including a 13-1-1 mark over their last 15 games at the Pengrwoth Saddledome.

Pavol Demitra with his 19th of the season replied for Minnesota (35-23-6), which began a key three-game road trip against Northwest Division opponents.

Trailing 1-0 late in the game, Regehr sent the sell-out crowd of 19,289 to their feet, tying the game at 15:29 of the third period on his second goal of the season.

Kristian Huselius cut across the Wild blue-line then slipped the puck back to Regehr, who from the blasted a slapshot into the top corner past Harding.

The Wild opened the socring on a two-man advantage early in the third period. Demitra fired a puck towards Marian Gaborik in front of trhe Calgary net, but the puck deflected off Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf and past Kiprusoff.

Kiprusoff finished with 28 saves.

Harding and Niklas Backstrom combined for 26 saves although Harding did a majority of the work making 21 of those stops.

Backstrom made his 12th start in a row with Manny Fernandez still sidelined with a sprained knee, but the first-year Swede lasted just 20 minutes. Backstrom was replaced by Harding to start the second period leaving with a lower body injury.

Notes: Calgary D Brad Stuart had an assist for his first point in nine games since coming over from Boston. Since joining the Flames, Stuart is a plus-5 to improve his total for the season to minus-17... Neither team's trade deadline acquisition played. D David Hale, acquired by the Flames from New Jersey, was not scheduled to arrive in Calgary until late Wednesday night. Former New York Ranger RW Dominic Moore was a scratch for the Wild... Calgary and Minnesota meet three more times over their final 18 games including consecutive games in Minnesota on March 27 and 29... Since losing 11 in a row on the road, the Wild have gone 9-3-0 (Wed's result) away from the Xcel Energy Center.

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Jarome Iginla scores shootout winner as Flames edge Wild 2-1